Listen: Benoit & Sergio, New Ships EP
Is there a D.C. EDM sound? Not a consistent one, no.
D.C.'s suburbs birthed Dave Nada's Moombahton, a genre that mashed squealy Dutch house with reggaeton. Meanwhile, local label Future Times has no discernible musical link to D.C.'s most obvious musical exports: go-go and harDCore, despite Mike Petillo and Andrew Field-Pickering's time in local punk bands. (Disclosure: I've been friends with both Petillo and Field-Pickering for years.) Pop-flavored house trio Volta Bureau scours global disco and house. What unites say, Protect-U, Nacey (and his ensemble Misun), Jesse Tittsworth, Outputmessage (also of Volta Bureau), app-happy Bluebrain, everything on the loungey ESL label, synth-poppers Black Hills and Ploy, Alvin Risk, Gavin Holland,the no-longer-active Painted Face, and the deeeep house of Chris Burns? With only a couple of exceptions, not a lot—assuming you don't count the occasional shared bill, co-production credit, or genes (in the case of Painted Face's Allie Alvarado and her brother Marcio, aka Alvin Risk).
Then there's Benoit & Sergio, the local dance-pop duo that's got an even more tenuous connection to "a local EDM sound": Member Benjamin Myers has lived in Berlin for much of the duo's existence. But we'll claim them anyway—and proudly, considering their track record: Last year's Where the Freaks Have No Name and "Principles"/"Everybody" 12-inch were too bouncy to merely sip a cocktail to; their New Ships EP, released today on Visionquest, refines what Benoit & Sergio do so well: super fun, crystal-clear production anchored by a masterful hook.
We have the whole EP below. Take a listen, then strongly consider seeing them live Nov. 17 at Comet Ping Pong. (Note: Other outlets are saying Nov. 16, but that's not accurate.)